Visit Ahmedabad - Best of Ahmedabad

The sixth largest city in India, Ahmedabad is one of the culturally rich modern cities of the country. It is not known for its tourism industry but is a city worth visiting to understand the changing face of India.

The foundation of the city was laid by a Solanki ruler in the 11th century. It was called the city of Karnavati. A huge fort with twelve gates was the centre of the city. The city kept expanding outside the fort and grew in all directions.

In 1411, Emperor Ahmed Shah captured the city and the name of the city was changed to Ahmedbad to honour him. It was later ruled by the Mughal till the Maratha Peshwas captured the city under RaghunathRao.

It is interesting how the British treated the city during the British rule. Unlike other Indian cities, they did not integrate Ahmedabad in their ways of life. They kept themselves to the cantonment area and did not build any religious buildings or schools in the city.

The Sabarmati ashram of Mahatma Gandhi in Ahmedabad made it the primary centre of the Non violent Independence struggle. It is one of the important landmarks of the city which still promotes non violent approach against corruption in the country.

It is the main centre of the Gujarati culture and literature. Gujarati literature has a long tradition of wonderful work with depth and layers. Many of the authors have found a home in this beautiful city.

Ahmedabadi people are known to be extremely friendly and welcoming. The long festival of Navaratri is one of the merriest dancing festivals in Ahmedabad. Everybody dresses up and gears up for rounds of Garbha and Dandiya.

Ahmedbad has emerged as an important trade and industrial centre in India. It exports a number of things and the second largest cotton producer of the country. The Gujarathi community known for its business sense and talent has taken care of putting this city on the world map.

Because of its huge textile industry, the city is a popular shopping destination. Many people travel to the city to buy cloth and other supplies. The city is well known for good quality trendy clothes. Many wedding parties purchase wedding garments here.

Overall, Ahmedabad is an ideal city for living in India due to its vibrant cultural scene, the delicious Gujarathi cuisine, the high living standards and liberal atmosphere.

If you want to visit this city, you can volunteer for organizations that work in the city for social development and Women empowerment. Taking traditional Dandiyaraas classes and spending a Navaratri at Ahmedabad is also something you can do!

Ahmedabad Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Ahmedabad tips for your visit

Essential Info in Ahmedabad:

  • Time Zone- UTC+05:30
  • Currency- Indian National Rupee (INR)
  • Electricity: Power in India is 230 Volts, 50 Hz. Internet 3G compatibility (4G recently introduced)
  • Languages- Gujarati, Hindi and English
  • Security- Numbers for emergency
  • Ambulance - 108
  • Fire- 101
  • Police 100
  • Tipping- Tipping is appreciated but optional

Do's:

  • When you arrive at the Airport, take the prepaid taxis or Rickshaws. These are government approved rates.
  • In Ahmedabad, always carry a Rickshaw fare card. Rickshaw drivers can be really nasty sometimes.
  • Always carry a bag of water with you.
  • In winters, you will have to pack a lot of winter wear because of the cold. Summers are hot and therefore loose, cotton clothes will do.
  • Carry sunglasses, scarves and sunscreen lotion during summer visits. In winters, keep a moisturizer with you.
  • Try the local cuisine and street food of the city.
  • Bring a phrase book and city guide with you.
  • Be careful from thieves and take safety measures to protect your wallet.

Don’ts:

  • Do not travel at night on your own unless you know any locals.
  • Do not wear a lot of jewellery while travelling and avoid carrying cash. Carry a debit card/credit card instead.
  • Do not litter the city.
  • Do not disrespect the local culture.

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Facts and Stats for Ahmedabad*

  • Pollution Statistics in Ahmedabad

    Know the pollution level of Ahmedabad before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 67.5 (High)
    • Water Pollution 67.56 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 66.37 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 62.64 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 45.45 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 64.49 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 60.99 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 55.79 (Moderate)
  • Ahmedabad: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Ahmedabad for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Ahmedabad.

    • Burglary and Theft 43.81 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 38.44 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 36.32 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 68.63 (High)
    • Car Stealing 37.62 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 42.69 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 36.32 (Low)
    • Drug offense 30.53 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 76.36 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 65.05 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.26 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 30.42 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 42.22 (Moderate)
  • Living in Ahmedabad - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Ahmedabad is 118.69 (High)

    • Safety Index 60.63 (High)
    • Climate Index 49.27 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 73.78 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 41.61 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 22.75 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 69.36 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.38 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 62.15 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Ahmedabad

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Ahmedabad

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.7 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 25 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 43.8 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 23.58 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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